1898 Chicago Orphans
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Owner(s)Albert Spalding
Manager(s)Tom Burns
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The 1898 Chicago Orphans season was the 27th season of the Chicago Orphans franchise, the 23rd in the National League and the 6th at West Side Park. The Orphans, formerly known as the Colts, finished in fourth place in the National League with a record of 85–65, 17.5 games behind the Boston Beaneaters.

1898 was the first season since 1876 that the team was without manager and first baseman Cap Anson, who had been fired during the offseason. Cap, who was also often called "Pop", was replaced as manager by Tom Burns, who had played for the team from 1880 until 1891, and had managed the Springfield Ponies in 1897. The media, picking up on Anson's absence, began referring to the team as the "Orphans", as they had lost their "Pop".

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Beaneaters 102 47 0.685 62–15 40–32
Baltimore Orioles 96 53 0.644 6 58–15 38–38
Cincinnati Reds 92 60 0.605 11½ 58–28 34–32
Chicago Orphans 85 65 0.567 17½ 58–31 27–34
Cleveland Spiders 81 68 0.544 21 36–19 45–49
Philadelphia Phillies 78 71 0.523 24 49–31 29–40
New York Giants 77 73 0.513 25½ 45–28 32–45
Pittsburgh Pirates 72 76 0.486 29½ 39–35 33–41
Louisville Colonels 70 81 0.464 33 43–34 27–47
Brooklyn Bridegrooms 54 91 0.372 46 30–41 24–50
Washington Senators 51 101 0.336 52½ 34–44 17–57
St. Louis Browns 39 111 0.260 63½ 20–44 19–67

Record vs. opponents

1898 National League Records

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Team BAL BOS BR CHI CIN CLE LOU NYG PHI PIT STL WSH
Baltimore 5–7 8–5–1 9–5 8–6–1 8–6–1 9–5 10–3–1 10–3–1 10–4 12–2 7–7
Boston 7–5 11–2 9–5 9–4–1 6–7–1 8–6–1 10–4 10–4 9–5 12–2 11–3
Brooklyn 5–8–1 2–11 4–10 3–11 6–7 2–10–1 3–11 6–6 9–5–1 7–6–1 7–6
Chicago 5–9 5–9 10–4 6–8 7–7 9–5 9–5–1 6–7 7–4–1 10–4 11–3
Cincinnati 6–8–1 4–9–1 11–3 8–6 8–5–2 9–5 6–8–1 7–7 12–2 12–2 9–5
Cleveland 6–8–1 7–6–1 7–6 7–7 5–8–2 9–5 6–8 7–7 5–8 10–3–1 12–2–2
Louisville 5–9 6–8–1 10–2–1 5–9 5–9 5–9 6–8 4–10 4–9–1 10–4 10–4
New York 3–10–1 4–10 11–3 5–9–1 8–6–1 8–6 8–6 6–7 5–9–1 10–3–2 9–4–1
Philadelphia 3–10–1 4–10 6–6 7–6 7–7 7–7 10–4 7–6 6–8 9–5 12–2
Pittsburgh 4–10 5–9 5–9–1 4–7–1 2–12 8–5 9–4–1 9–5–1 8–6 9–4 9–5
St. Louis 2–12 2–12 6–7–1 4–10 2–12 3–10–1 4–10 3–10–2 5–9 4–9 4–10
Washington 7–7 3–11 6–7 3–11 5–9 2–12–2 4–10 4–9–1 2–12 5–9 10–4


Roster

1898 Chicago Orphans
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Tim Donahue 122 396 87 .220 0 39
1B Bill Everitt 149 596 190 .319 0 69
2B Jim Connor 138 505 114 .226 0 67
SS Bill Dahlen 142 521 151 .290 1 79
3B Barry McCormick 137 530 131 .247 2 78
OF Jimmy Ryan 144 572 185 .323 4 79
OF Sam Mertes 83 269 80 .297 1 47
OF Bill Lange 113 442 141 .319 5 69

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Walter Thornton 62 210 62 .295 0 14
Danny Green 47 188 59 .314 4 27
Frank Isbell 45 159 37 .233 0 8
Frank Chance 53 147 41 .279 1 14
Harry Wolverton 13 49 16 .327 0 2
Art Nichols 14 42 12 .286 0 6
Frank Martin 1 4 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Clark Griffith 38 325.2 24 10 1.88 97
Nixey Callahan 31 274.1 20 10 2.46 73
Walter Thornton 28 215.1 13 10 3.34 56
Walt Woods 27 215 9 13 3.14 26
Matt Kilroy 13 100.1 6 7 4.31 18
Jack Taylor 5 41 5 0 2.20 11
Buttons Briggs 4 30 1 3 5.70 14
Bill Phyle 3 23 2 1 0.78 4
Danny Friend 2 17 0 2 5.29 4
Henry Clarke 1 9 1 0 2.00 1

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Frank Isbell 13 81 4 7 3.56 16
Jack Katoll 2 11 0 1 0.82 3

References